The eunuchs in Korea's royal court of the Chosun Dynasty lived considerably longer than "intact" men, researchers reported in the journal Current Biology. The study appears to confirm what previous animal studies have shown - that castration prolongs life expectancy.
The Chosun Dynasty ran from 1392 to 1910. During this period, some boys were castrated and became servants in the royal palace. The researchers found that their life spans were from 14 to 19 years longer than those of non-castrated men.
The Chosun court eunuchs, unlike their counterparts across Asia and the Middle East, could get married if they wanted to and adopt children.
The Korean eunuchs had privileged positions and lifestyles. However, authors Kyung-Jin Min and Cheol-Koo Lee believe their longer lifespans were due to some additional factors, apart from good nutrition and socio-economic status. The authors explained that while eunuchs clearly lived longer than other males, it is not possible to put this down solely to their lack of testicles.
Kyung-Jin Min explained to Reuters that the vast majority of the Korean eunuchs lived outside the royal court and only went in to work.
The monarchs lived an average of 47 years, compared to the 70 years enjoyed by their castrated servants.
Of the 81 eunuchs the researchers studied, three lived over 100 years, giving them a130-times greater chance of becoming centenarians than in countries today with the longest life expectancies.
Does testosterone shorten lifespans?
Several studies have shown that in the animal kingdom, female mammals tend to live longer than males. Researchers believe that testosterone, which exists in much higher levels in males, possibly undermines the immune system and raises the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
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posted by Degenerat3 on 27 Sep 2012 at 7:45 am
" The testicles do not control sensitivity in the penis nor do hormones. And when a boy hits puberty he doesn't magically get nerve endings in the penis. Men are born with a sensitive penis and the ability to have an orgasm. " Why do you think that castration has anything to do with the ability to have sex? No, you just can't have KIDS. Truth is it's the testosterone that lowers your life span. Men are more aggressive, willing to take more risks, enjoy dangerous activities, keep stress to themselves, don't express emotions, eat a lot of unhealthy food and don't take care of themselves because they think it's gay - this goes for only some of you, of course. What do you mean it doesn't matter how long your life is!? Of course it is important!!! Everyone wants to keep themselves healthier and alive for as long as he can. This is groundbreaking news and should point to you that there is a way for all men to live longer - I don't mean castration, I mean finding out what in your lifestyle is wrong and changing it.
How did these men become eunuchs? I read a forum that had posts from asian women that had cut off the genitalia of their cheating partners to keep him faithful they said...wow ...just wondering if any of these men were victims of enraged vigilante females.
Editor's comment: As mentioned in the article, a number of boys were castrated in preparation for working in the Royal court.
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